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Seventh Annual Lawyers for Literacy Trivia Challenge

By EW!DC / Published: 12/10/2013

“What Thanksgiving symbol figures prominently in the Hunger Games?” asked Quizzomaster Neal Racioppo. Eleven teams from eight of the area’s law firms debated the answer, hoping it would bring them one step closer to the grand title of “Litterae Magister” (“Master of Literacy”).


The night was filled with friendly competition as each team tried to outscore the other at Everybody Wins! DC’s Seventh Annual Lawyers for Literacy Trivia night, hosted by Kirkland & Ellis LLP on Thursday, November 21, 2013. 


(The Alston & Bird LLP winning team with Quizzomaster Neal Racioppo (far left) and EW!DC Executive Director Mary Salander (far right))


Board Member and Kirkland & Ellis LLP Partner Mark Director kicked off the night with introductory remarks emphasizing the importance of children’s literacy and highlighting EW!DC’s commitment to the issue. “EW!DC is fantastic and thousands of children benefit from our help. The children look on you not only as mentors but as partners in having fun,” said Director. Following the introduction, Director escorted Quizzomaster Racioppo to the stage to begin the competiion.


Each team had their highs and lows, thriving and struggling to answer a variety of challenging questions that ranged from sports (ESPN.com labeled what city as the most tortured sports city in America because they hadn’t won anything since 1964? Answer: Cleveland) to animal factoids (Based on their parenting skills, which animal is the last one you’d want to be your father? Bear, Beaver, Sea Horse, or Wolf? Answer: Bear).  But regardless of performance, there was no shortage of laughter as a good time was had by all. 


The money raised from Lawyers for Literacy supports EW!DC’s literacy and mentoring programs found in 36 low-income public elementary schools and serving nearly 5,000 students in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

“By all accounts, this was a success,” said EW!DC Executive Director, Mary Salander, “and we are so incredibly thankful for everyone who came out to support Everybody Wins! DC.”


So, what is the Thanksgiving symbol that figures prominently in the Hunger Games? The answer is cornucopia, and that is another point earned! In the end, though, only one team was able to pull ahead. First place was awarded to Alston & Bird LLP; second and third respectively went to Troutman Sanders LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. 


Participating firms: Alston & Bird LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Troutman Sanders LLP, White & Case LLP, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LLP.


Pictures from the event can be found on our Facebook Page.


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